South Carolina Aquarium

100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401- Map It
Phone: (843) 577-3474
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South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, showcases five regions of the Southeast Appalachian Watershed. Madagascar Journey includes ring-tailed lemurs, a Nile crocodile, panther chameleons and more. Observation decks with viewing scopes overlook Charleston Harbor and the Cooper River. Free-flying birds inhabit the glass-enclosed aviary in the Mountain Forest Gallery, which includes indigenous plant life and stocked streams. The Piedmont Gallery explores the hill country's estuaries, reservoirs and aquatic insect species. The Saltmarsh Aviary features birds, marine life and plants found in salt marsh tidal creeks. The Coast Gallery includes fish that can be found in the city's harbor, and the Ocean Gallery's two-story, 385,000-gallon tank is home to hundreds of sea animals. Snakes, turtles, frogs and fish live in the brackish waters of the Coastal Plain Gallery, and the Touch Tank exhibit is filled with invertebrates. BricksALIVE features a collection of animal sculptures made from some 250,000 Lego bricks. In the Sea Turtle Care Center, sick and injured sea turtles receive treatments and rehabilitative care; they are released back into the ocean once they are given a clean bill of health. Guests are invited to learn more about sea turtle species, diet, care and rehabilitation on a behind-the-scenes tour of the hospital (offered for an additional fee). Guided tours are available. Food is available.
Aquarium $29.95; $22.95 (ages 3-12). Sea Turtle Care Center tour additional $10; $5 (ages 3-12). Parking: $1 (under 1 hour); $3 (1-2 hours); $5 (3-4 hours); $7 (5-6 hours). Cash only.
Hours: Daily 9-5. Sea Turtle Hospital tours are given daily at noon and 2. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Closed Thanksgiving, at noon Christmas Eve and Christmas. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.